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Girl's Softball

Welcome to Sycamore Softball!

League Coordinator:  Mike Thomas

MISSION

Our mission at Sycamore is to strive to create an environment that is fun for the girls, while teaching the skills, the teamwork, and the competitive nature to help to grow the girls' talent, collaboration, and confidence.  

LEAGUE

Sycamore plays in The Eastern Hills League (EHL), a recreation girl’s softball league made up of like-minded communities and schools. The current members includes Mariemont, Maderia, Seven Hills, Sycamore, Deer Park, Sharonville, Norwood, St. Mary’s, Kilgour, Milford, Cincinnati, Anderson, and Tealtown.

The purpose of the EHL is to: 1) promote and develop softball skills, 2) teach good sportsmanship, fair play and teamwork, and 3) ensure a safe, fun and rewarding experience driven by player participation and development.

AGE GROUPS

The EHL follows the USSSA playing rules unless otherwise specified in the EHL playing rule exceptions. There are five (5) softball age groups – 8U Coach Pitch, 9U, 10U, 12U and 14U.

The 8U league is exclusively Coach Pitch to build confidence and to develop skills.  Our 9U and 10U leagues are "hybrid" leagues with both player pitch as well as coach pitch to balance the development of young pitchers while managing pacing of the game (i.e. limited walks).  12U and 14U leagues will be exclusively fast pitch and play by standard softball rules.

  • Girls playing on the Jr. High and HS teams can also play Spring ball. (Seasons don't overlap).  Please register to continue building their skills and playing time.

SEASON LOGISTICS

The 8U, 9U, and 10U seasons begin in mid-April to allow the season to end earlier in June and to allow more flexibility in rainout re-scheduling.  12U and 14U seasons will continue to begin in early May to accommodate players on the school's Jr. High and High School Teams.  Practices for all teams will begin late-March / early-April. 

There typically are two games / week once the season begins, usually one on a weekend and one on a weeknight.  Practices are one day a week for the younger ages and twice a week for the older groups.  Once the season starts, practices become more infrequent and variable to accommodate game schedules.

2018 LEAGUE ASSIGNMENTS
For the upcoming 2018 Spring Season, the following league/age assignments apply. 

Age

Birth Date Range

Typical Grade Level

League

7,8

1/1/09  -  12/31/10

1st, 2nd, and 3rd

8 & Under Kid/Coach Pitch

9

1/1/08  -  12/31/08

3rd - 4th

9 & Under Fast Pitch (Hybrid)

10

1/1/07  -  12/31/07

4th – 5th

10 & Under Fast Pitch (Hybrid)

11,12

1/1/05  -  12/31/06

5th  - 7th

12 & Under Fast Pitch

13,14

1/1/03  -  12/31/04

7th - 9th

14 & Under Fast Pitch

*Note: If your daughter either wants to play up a level (e.g. her talent demands the extra challenge) or down a level (e.g. she is new to the game and needs to build more basic skills), please register her where the system allows, note your request, and send me an email.  Our mission is to deliver the best possible experience for each girl, and we will do all that we can to accommodate based on skill and safety.

RULES

Girls Softball Playing Rules - Eastern Hills League Final (2018)
The EHL follows the USSSA playing rules, with exceptions and other notable rules listed below
             
    Age Groups
DNA - Does not apply 8U 9U 10U 12U 14U
             
General Home Team Responsibility The Home Team shall furnish an official scorekeeper, NEW game ball and good, used ball for back-up.
Ball Size 11" Safety 11" Safety 11" 12" 12"
        COR: 46.25 +/-0.75  
Base Distance 50' 60' 60' 60' 60'
                            Innings: 6 5 6 7 7
Length of Game                                  Time: 1 hr. 30 min. 1 hr. 30 min 1 hr. 45 min 1 hr. 50 min 1 hr. 50 min
  No new inning can begin once the time limit is reached
Player Must Play (# of Innings) 2 3 3 2 2
Every player must play in the field (defense) as stipulated above.
Run Advantage - Game Over DNA 10 10 12 12
Losing team at bat in this inning:   4 5 5 5
  The losing team may have its turn at bat (within framework of time limit), even if team cannot catch up due to run limit rule.
Inning Limits:                               # of Runs DNA 5 5 6 7
# of Batters 11 DNA DNA DNA DNA
             
Batting Continuous Batting All players must be placed in batting order. If a player gets Injured or departs for any reason, team is not forced to take an "out". If player is ejected, team must take an out.
Base on Balls No walks No walks No walks DNA DNA
Catcher Drops 3rd Strike DNA Batter out Batter out DNA DNA
             
Fielding Field Player #'s 10 10 10 9 9
4 Outfielders    
8U: With Coaches agreement, all players may play in the field.
Field Play/Substitutions Unlimited defensive subsitution is allowed.
             
Base Running Runners Advance/Fielding Time out called when fielding team returns ball to infielder with possession of ball. Base runner advances if more than halfway to next base. DNA DNA
On overthrow, runners may not advance. On overthrow, runners may advance one base. If thrown ball goes out of play, runners advance one base.
Stealing/Lead-Off No stealing, No lead-offs Permitted, but no stealing home & no advancing on overthrows. DNA DNA
      The "Look-Back" rule MUST be followed
Courtesy Runner  Courtesy runner is allowed and must be the player that made the last out, or in the 1st inning, the last batter in the line-up.
             
             
             
             
             
    8U 9U 10U 12U 14U
             
Pitching Pitching Distance (front of pitching rubber to back of home plate) 30' 32' 35' 40' 40'
           
8U Age Group (note "At Bat" rules)          
This is a Coach Pitch league. Coaches must pitch every inning of every game. Use of Batting Tee is prohibited. This is NOT a game of "slow pitch". A "flat pitch" is encouraged as it is easier to hit and it better replicates the pitches players will see as they progress to playing fast pitch in later years.
           
An At-Bat will consist of a maximum of seven (7) pitches. Balls & Strikes will NOT be called, however, the umpire is responsible for counting pitches. If a batter does not hit a fair ball on the 7th pitch, the batter will be called out. No intentional punting is allowed.
9U Age Group          
A player pitcher may pitch no more than 2 innings.        
           
The Coach pitcher for the batting team will enter the game after the opposing team's pitcher throws her 3rd "ball". The batter will maintain her current "strike count" when the Coach pitcher enters the game.
10U Age Group          
A player pitcher may pitch no more than 3 innings, and two (2) walks are permitted per inning.  
           
Following two (2) walks in an inning, the Coach pitcher for the batting team will enter the game after the opposing team's pitcher throws her 4th "ball". The batter will maintain her current "strike count" when the Coach pitcher enters the game.
Special Note for 9U & 10U - Umpires are instructed to be flexible with pitchers since these age groups represent the beginning level of instruction. We encourage umpires to discuss pitching mechanic flaws with coaches AFTER the game versus holding up the game. Coaches are also advised not to hold up games by "nit-picking" the technical flaws of the opposing team's pitcher.
12U Age Group          
Wild Pitch Rule: Pitcher MUST be removed from the pitcher's position upon hitting 3 batters in one inning. If the ball hits the ground prior to hitting the batter, it WILL NOT count toward the 3 hit-batter rule. The pitcher may move to another position during this inning and may return to the pitcher's position after the inning in which she hits 3 batters in completed.
14U Age Group          
Wild Pitch Rule: Pitcher MUST be removed from the pitcher's position upon hitting 3 batters in one inning. If the ball hits the ground prior to hitting the batter, it WILL NOT count toward the 3 hit-batter rule. The pitcher may move to another position during this inning and may return to the pitcher's position after the inning in which she hits 3 batters in completed.
           
There is no Step Back allowed in this age group:        
 - Umpires are to give 3 warnings before taking any action against the pitcher or her team.  
 - At the beginning of the season, Coaches and Umpires will give pitchers more lead way since the girls may be coming out of the High School season.